NORFOLK, Va. (WRIC) — A Virginia woman received $193,000 in total winnings from 41 lottery tickets this month – but this wasn’t the first time she won big.
In August of 2016, Lucinda Britt split a $1 million Virginia Lottery prize with her best friend.
On Tuesday, May 3, she matched the four-digit combination in Virginia Lottery’s “Pick 4” night drawing. Normally that would win the game’s top prize of $5,000. However, Britt had bought 41 tickets for the same drawing, all with the same four-digit combination; 1-9-7-2.
“I was shocked!” she told Virginia Lottery officials. “I was so happy my leg was shaking!”
Britt won $5,000 each for 36 of the tickets. With the other five tickets, she wagered 50/50 and therefore won $2,600.
The tickets were bought from two different locations in Norfolk.
Britt chose the four-digit combination of “1-9-7-2” because it corresponds with her birth year. She said she plans to use her winnings to pay off her mortgage.
Pick 4 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11 p.m. The top prize for a $1 play is $5,000. The chances of matching all four numbers in exact order are 1 in 10,000.